THE POLITICS OF ENVY-YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON
Author of "One
Last Hug before I Go- The Mystery and Meaning of Near-Death
Visions" and forthcoming book "Heavenly
article is a response to Victor Zammit's commentary on the
4th May 2012
" Within the world of mediums, psychic writers and
researchers there are also some bitter jealousies which
periodically come to the surface...These unfair attackers
have to rise above their negative prejudices, their jealousies,
their envy and negativity. In unity there is strength. We
will attain more brilliant results where there is support
for honest, quality mediumship, where there is peace and
harmony in our endeavor to spread the Light throughout the
Finally! Someone is addressing this concern! After 13 books
and a lot of egos, I must say I’ve truly never seen
anything this territorial before. There is a great deal
of back stabbing going on. Those who see themselves in positions
of power are taking advantage of others and have expectations
that their behavior should be accepted. I’ve been
blindsided by a few of these folks myself and I have to
tell you there was nothing spiritual about it.
In the 80s and 90s I was part of the “Recovery Movement.”
My first 5 or 6 books were dedicated to addiction, and trauma.
At first I believed we were all team players, and were there
to help the hurting person recover and heal. I was very
young and really thought we were all working together for
the better good. Was I ever wrong. When I saw how vindictive
self help authors could be I got out. The egos in the field
killed the Recovery Movement. A very sad state of affairs.
Around this time
I started publishing books on deathbed/departing
visions. For some strange reason I thought the
Survivalist Movement would be different. We too are supposed
to be working toward the better good by relieving society
of its overwhelming sense of death phobia. In offering proof
of an afterlife, grieving is easier and the fear of death
is diminished. Shouldn’t we be supporting new researchers,
while at the same time appreciating those who broke new
ground – giving the rest of us permission to speak
out? Shouldn't we be there for one another?
on my latest book on deathbed visions I’ve
had the pure pleasure of communicating regularly with Dr.
Erlendur Haraldsson. You talk about a kind, giving, and
supportive mentor. I’ve also kept in contact with
IANDs cofounder John White and Dr. Bruce Greyson for years.
Both of them have listened to me moan and groan for almost
two decades. Dr. Kenneth Ring, another grandfather in the
near death research field, was always kind to me. Astronaut
Edgar Mitchell is one more researcher who has been there,
along with author Michael Tymn, Dr. Jeffery Long, author
Brad Steiger and a host of others. Michael Tymm even sent
me a fantastic historical book full of deathbed visions.
And, how could I forget you Victor!
there are those who are incredibly territorial.
And it seems to be getting worse. A number of mediums, psychics,
researchers and authors are jockeying for that top position.
I thought I’d seen the worst of it, but in doing this
most recent book I had a really rude awakening. After contacting
several seasoned afterlife investigators, along with a number
of new deathbed vision researchers I was surprised when
very few responded. If they did respond, they were often
demanding or very territorial. There really is no other
word for it. So, I thought, “Forget this” and
showcased some really new authors in their place.
really is room for everyone. When my readers contact
me asking for information on what book to pick up next,
I have a list I pass on to them. This list is comprised
of authors and researchers in the field who are trying to
make a difference. This is how an “awakening”
happens. Folks don’t just read my books or anyone
else’s, and then stop there. They always want more
information. Same can be said for mediums. There really
are some very humble souls out there, but there are also
those who are incredibly pompous.
are all in this thing together and if we aren’t
careful the Survivalist Movement will die the same death
as the Recovery Movement. As it stands now, the Survivalist
Movement is beginning to out pace the Recovery Movement
in instances of expressed bitterness and jealousy.
I’m so glad you brought this up Victor. The topic
really does need a good “airing!”
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